Yoga will be developed as a sport and included in the curriculum of school education in Madhya Pradesh. Announcing this while chairing the meeting of Task Force constituted for National Education Policy 2020, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “We will institute a Yoga Commission to promote yoga among the masses. We will integrate yoga education at the school level to make education interesting and to promote good health among students.”
“School Chalo campaign should also be launched for admission in classes 5, 6, 8 and 9. This will reduce the number of dropouts in class 6 and class 9,” CM said. He also stressed on the need to make education interesting, and activity based.
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for School Education, Inder Singh Parmar informed the meeting that a task force has been constituted for the implementation of National Education Policy 2020 in the state. In this, 4 Framework Groups for State Curriculum and 25 Focus Groups have been constituted at the State level for the development of State Curriculum Framework. There are 24 non-official members and 26 government members in the task force. Many other efforts, such as early childhood care and education, basic literacy, reduction in dropout rate, expansion of education, teacher training, undertaken by the state government were discussed in the meeting.
National General Secretary of Vidya Bharati, Ram Aravkar during the meeting said that the Department of Women, Child Development and School Education must work concertedly towards the development of early childhood care and education. He added that long-forgotten traditional games should be reintroduced in schools to help make education interesting for children. Consensus was established on the need to run a campaign for orientation up to the block and cluster level and take action to make parents aware of the provisions of the education policy.